SEPTEMBER 2014
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

SIGNIFICANT DATES

SEPT. 7: ONAM
SEPT. 25: NAVRATRI

EVENTS

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

SEPT. 6: BANYAN BALL 2014; annually organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St.; agenda includes keynote speaker, business awards, entertainment; for tickets or information, call (813) 358-8384 or visit www.indo-us.org

SEPT. 6: GANESHUTSAV; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); 4 p.m.; Hindu Temple, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; musical show “100 Years of Bollywood” presented by Milind Oak and team will begin at 5; $25 for non-members; for information, call (813) 438-6229 or visit www.mmtbusa.org

SEPT. 13: A TRIBUTE TO R.D. BURMAN (PANCHAM); musical concert presented by FAPI (Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin); singers include Mahalakshmi Iyer, Bisakh Jyoti, Shreyashi and Jolly Mukherjee; dinner at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7:30; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; $25 for students, $50, $75, $100; for information, call Lakshmi Shastry at (813) 728-6274 or Dr. Rakesh Mittal at (727) 409-7407.

SEPT. 13: MONTHLY SATSANG; based on inspiration of Swami Mukundanandji; 4 to 6 p.m.; Laxmi Narayan Mandir at 4615 George Road, Tampa; for information, call (727) 490-2298 or (727) 743-1183.

SEPT. 20: MUSICAL CONCERT; presented by Shruti AIM; vocalist Samarth Nagarkar will be accompanied by Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla and Manohar Apte on harmonium; The Blackbelt Academy, 10012 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa; $20; to RSVP, email shrutiaimtampa@gmail.com, visit www.shrutiaim.com or call (813) 549-9288.

SEPT. 24-25: ICC SENIORS TRIP TO DAYTONA BEACH; two-day overnight bus trip, so no ICC gathering on Sept. 17; for details, call (813) 962-4172 or (813) 802-4638.

SEPT. 26: TAT Tvam Asi Meditations-Introductory Talk; with Dr. S. Bhagavadpada; John Knox Village, 4100 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa; 7 p.m.; free; RSVP necessary; for information, contact S.M. Kumar at (813) 679-4237, smkumar3591@gmail.com or visit www.tat-tvam-asi.org

SEPT. 27-28: TAT Tvam Asi Meditations-SPIRITUAL RETREAT; conducted by Dr. S. Bhagavadpada; Comfort Suites, 4506 Oak Fair Blvd., Tampa; $200 per person/$350 per couple; for details, contact S.M. Kumar at (813) 679-4237, smkumar3591@gmail.com

SEPT. 27: TIECON FLORIDA 2014 – A CELEBRATION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP; Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa; 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by entertainment; keynote speaker is venture capitalist Gururaj Deshpande; for sponsorship and other information, call Kamlesh Darji at (813) 841-9216 or register at www.tieconfl.com

OCT. 4: 3RD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CURRY FESTIVAL; Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg; noon to 8 p.m.; for details, visit www.tbicf.com

OCT. 17: DIPAWALI CELEBRATION; organized by Rajasthani Association of Tampa Bay; 6 to 10 p.m.; for venue and other details, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

SARASOTA/PALMETTO

SEPT. 6: 2014 MANASOTA INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Association of Manasota and Indian American Association of Manatee and Sarasota; theme of the second annual event is “The Festivals of India;” Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto; noon to 8 p.m.; $3 per person (ages 5 and over); food, cultural activities, dance program; for event sponsorship, call Samir Purohit at (941) 799-0061; for information, call festival Chairman Dr. Snehal Parikh at (941) 518-6298 or Anish Patel at (941) 962-9812.

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

SEPT. 5: 100 YEARS OF BOLLYWOOD; narrated live audio-visual musical journey of more than 100 songs; Lyman High School Auditorium, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 8 to 10:30 p.m.; $25, $50; for information, call Vinod Vasudeva at (407) 260-0567 or Kishor Pathare at (321) 960-5497.

SEPT. 7: GANESH VISARJAN; organized by Orlando Marathi Mandal and Hindu Society of Central Florida; HSCF community hall, 1990 Lake Drive, Casselberry; festivities begin from 3:30 p.m. and Visarjan will be from 7; for information, call Minal Saoji at (321) 274-2556 or visit www.orlandomarathi.com

SEPT. 7: MYSHADI BRIDAL EXPO; noon to 5 p.m.; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando; presented by Desh-Videsh Media Group; free admission, parking, food sampling; for information, call (954) 784-8100.

SEPT. 9: BUSINESS AFTER HOURS; presented by Indian American Chamber of Commerce and Asian American Chamber of Commerce; 6 to 8 p.m.; Dewey’s Indoor Golf & Sports Grill, 7720 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando; RSVP iacc.mymobisite.us

SEPT. 14: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP CELEBRATION OF GRANDPARENTS DAY; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; everyone invited, including grandparents, children and grandchildren; free pizza, salad, ice cream, drinks, cultural program and prizes for international essay (deadline Sept. 9) and on-the-spot drawing competitions; for information, e-mail hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com

SEPT. 17: BUSINESS AFTER HOURS; SunTrust speaker event; presented by Indian American Chamber of commerce; keynote speaker Joe Dominguez of AllianceBernstein will speak on outlook for capital markets; Citrus Club, 255 S. Orange Ave., Suite 1800, Orlando; 6 to 8 p.m.; free for IACC members; $20 for non-members; for information, visit www.iacc.mymobisite.us

SEPT. 19-21: NINTH ANNUAL HINDU MANDIR EXECUTIVES’ CONFERENCE; annual meet for temples, by temples; Renaissance Orlando Airport, 5445 Forbes Place, Orlando; for details and to register, visit www.myhmec.com

SEPT. 20: COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; (blood drawing date is Sept. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; call the mandir at (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

SEPT. 23: AAHOA (ASIAN AMERICAN HOTEL OWNERS ASSOCIATION) REGIONAL CONFERENCE; B Resort & Spa, 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista; to register, visit www.aahoa.com or for more information, call Florida Regional Director Jay Patel at (813) 784-7710 or email jayesh.patel@aahoa.com

SEPT. 26: CLASSICAL TRIO CONCERT; tabla maestro Zakir Hussain along with veena player Jayanthi Kumaresh and violinist R. Kumaresh; organized by Asian Cultural Association; 7:30 p.m.; Trinity Prep Theater, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park; tickets are from $25 to $100 and can be purchased at www.aca-florida.org; for more information, call (407) 333-3667.

OCT. 4: BMM MAHOTSAV ORLANDO 2014; participating associations are Orlando Marathi Mandal, Maharashtra Mandal of South Florida, Maayboli Melawa of Tampa Bay and Maharashtra Mandal of Jacksonville; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; cultural performances as well as Marathi Taraka; $35, $50, $75, $100; children ages 5 to 12 years of age are $15; for information, call Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0800 or Kirti Rege at (513) 236-2784 or visit www.bmmmahotsav.org

OCT. 10-12: THE ORLANDO CRICKET FESTIVAL; presented by American Cricket Federation and Florida Cricket Conference; Silver Star Park Cricket Bowl at Orlando Magic Recreation Center, 4863 N. Goldenrod Road, Winter Park, and Eagle Nest Park, 5165 Metrowest Blvd., Orlando; six regional teams compete for the National Championship Crown; for details, call Rahul Joshi at (407) 435-8826 or email info@florida-cricket.com

FORT MYERS

SEPT. 6: BOLLYWOOD NIGHT; presented by India Association of Fort Myers; dress as your favorite classic or current Bollywood actor; Temple Beth El, 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers; 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; free for IAFM 2014 members; $15 for non-members; to participate, call Karuna Verma at (239) 826-1826, email karunasverma@gmail.com or visit www.iafortmyers.org/

SOUTH FLORIDA (CORAL SPRINGS)

SEPT. 6: MUSIC CONCERT; presented by Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI); Saraswathi Rangnathan on veena and Ganapathi Rangnathan on mridangam; NSU Museum of Art (auditorium), 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 6 to 9 p.m.; $25 for general admission; for information, call APAI at (954) 885-1466 or email apaiart@comcast.net

Event submissions are free of charge, e-mail information to editor@khaasbaat.com by the 20th.

Disclaimer: Event details are subject to change. Please check with local organizers.

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